Kim Whitmore, Ph.D., RN, CPN

Kim Whitmore
Kim Whitmore, Ph.D., RN, CPNMarquette University

Clark Hall, 327

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-0440

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Courses Taught

NURS 6003: Essential Elements of Nursing

Research Interests

The overall goal of Dr. Whitmore’s research program is to inform the development of a care delivery system that promotes family self-management in families of children with special healthcare needs in order to optimize individual and family outcomes.  Dr. Whitmore uses a systems approach, with a health equity lens, to better understand and address needs across the care continuum and throughout the life course of the family.  Her servant research philosophy involves deep community engagement in order to ensure that research is driven by, conducted with, and designed to benefit those most impacted.  Dr. Whitmore strives to discover new knowledge that can inform policy and practice changes that will transform communities, the healthcare system, and, ultimately, the lives of families of children with special healthcare needs. Much of her current work is focused on understanding and addressing the respite care needs of family caregivers. 

Professional Affiliations

American Nurses Association (ANA)

American Public Health Association (APHA)

International Family Nursing Association (IFNA)

International Short Break Association (ISBA)

Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS)

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH)

National League for Nursing (NLN)

Sigma (Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing)

Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN)

Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB)

Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) 

Wisconsin League for Nursing (WLN)

Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA)

Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA)


Pediatric/Family Nursing

Public/Community Health Nursing


Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN)

Honors and Awards

National Committee for the Advancement of Respite Research (2020-Present)

Morgridge Fellows Program, University of Wisconsin – Madison (2020-2021)

Vilas Life Cycle Professorship Award, University of Wisconsin – Madison (2019)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Sentinel Community Project Recognition (2018)

Nominated for the Carol Graham Scholarship for Emerging Leaders in Public Health Nursing (2017)


2020-2023: PI (Co-I Kagan, J. & Schneider, L.). “Wisconsin Lifespan Respite System”. Administration for Community Living.

2018-2021: PI (Co-I Anderson, L.). “Developing an innovative educational program for parents of ventilator dependent children”. UW Foundation Frances D. Williams Lung Diseases Treatment Fund.

2018-2020: PI (Co-I Anderson, L.). “Building a culture of childcare inclusion in Wisconsin: Statewide needs assessment”. University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Nursing Research Award.

2019-2020: PI. “The BREAK (Building Respite Evidence and Knowledge) Exchange”. University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute Seed Grant.

2018-2019: PI. “Developing a summer respite camp immersion experience for undergraduate nursing students”. University of Wisconsin – Madison Educational Innovation Summer Term Igniter Fund.

2018-2019. PI. (Co-I Johnson, N. & Clayton-Jones, D.). “Racial disparities and factors associated with unmet medical and supportive service needs in families of children with special healthcare needs”. University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Fall Research Competition Award.